We need some sep­a­ra­tion

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - NEWS -

Dear edi­tor, A mis­take that many peo­ple in the ir­ri­gated agriculture and forestry in­dus­tries make when deal­ing with politi­cians and bu­reau­crats is that they as­sume they are deal­ing with rea­son­able peo­ple sim­i­lar to them­selves.

In fact, they are not deal­ing with rea­son­able peo­ple, they are deal­ing with po­lit­i­cal peo­ple.

Politi­cians gen­er­ally make de­ci­sions based on what they think will get them­selves re-elected.

Th­ese de­ci­sions are not nec­es­sar­ily at­tached to facts, fig­ures, hon­esty or truth.

Bu­reau­crats are ef­fec­tively em­ployed by politi­cians and make de­ci­sions based on their pay­mas­ters’ com­mands.

Ul­ti­mately, the res­o­lu­tion of prob­lems with ir­ri­gated agriculture and forestry re­quire pos­i­tive po­lit­i­cal de­ci­sions.

Yet three quar­ters of the pop­u­la­tion of NSW lives in the en­vi­rons of New­cas­tle, Sydney and Wol­lon­gong, and they elect three quar­ters of state politi­cians.

Th­ese peo­ple and politi­cians have no agri­cul­tural or forestry in­ter­ests, and in the 2015 state elec­tion 11 per cent ac­tu­ally voted for The Greens. The Greens of course are ac­tively op­posed to ir­ri­ga­tion and forestry.

By rea­son of po­lit­i­cal num­bers, it is not pos­si­ble to make de­ci­sions favourable to the ir­ri­ga­tion and forestry in­dus­tries in NSW.

The peo­ple of the Rive­rina need to form a state sep­a­rate from NSW.

Only by form­ing a sep­a­rate state can the dom­i­na­tion of met­ro­pol­i­tan politi­cians be es­caped, and only then can de­ci­sions ben­e­fi­cial to ir­ri­gated agriculture and forestry, and by ex­ten­sion ben­e­fi­cial to all the peo­ple, be made.

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